Now, an e-mail scam using Mrs Gaddafi's name
Libya, as we all know is going through tough times with the on-going ambiguity in the country. All this has lead to many tribulations of not only political or social nature but also related to cyber crime. This whole situation has resulted in a new e-mail scam.
The fraudulent e-mail sender claims to be Safia Farkash al-Baraasi, the present wife of Muammar Muhammad al-Gaddafi, the distressed ruler of Libya. In this mail, the so called wife of Muammar Gaddafi is offering the recipient a sum of forty million US Dollars for safekeeping.
This e-mail message urges the recipient to click open the accompanying attachment, which is a Microsoft Word document. Here the recipient is required to fill in the details such as name, address, age, occupation, mobile phone number, etc. The scammers then ask the recipient to pay money for charges or taxes to help them transfer the money to his bank account. In utter greed of receiving a huge amount without putting in even a bit of effort, the recipient pays the money and in-turn gets robbed as he receives nothing in lieu of the payment he made.
This e-mail is nothing but a scam as identified by computer security firm Sophos in a blog. The company quoted that "The attached Microsoft Word document follows the tried-and-true formula of Nigerian 419 scams. While the story was well-researched, it appears to have been based on news reports from May suggesting Mrs. Gaddafi had 20 tons of gold hidden away".
Sophos also added that this e-mail has been sent using a Gmail account.
You are therefore requested to avoid opening such e-mails and do not get into the cob-web of such conspiracies. Not only this, but you must also educate your friends and family to be aware of not just this scam but any other e-mail scams that appear to be lucrative and offer money. Any such mail is surely a deception.